Carpet matting is the ideal way to prevent potentially hazardous moisture and debris from trailing indoors on your shoes. Carpeted floor mats are able to increase the safety of an area by scraping off dirt from incoming footwear and preventing the accumulation of moisture. They are durable enough to be used in any environment ranging from commercial to residential where water-absorbent mats are necessary. Additionally, rubber-backed carpet mats provide a slip-resistant backside to prevent your carpeted floor mats from slipping or shifting while in use. These indoor entrance rugs are also easy to clean using common household cleaning appliances allowing for hassle-free usage and maintenance.
What is a Carpet Mat?
Carpet mats are indoor entrance rugs that are generally used as a second line of defense against hazardous debris and moisture build-up on the interior floors. Carpeted floor mats are placed on the interior side of an entrance to offer additional protection against slip and fall accidents and are generally used in tandem with rubber entrance mats on the exterior side of the entrance. The surface of indoor entrance rugs is made up of polypropylene carpet filament material, or olefin. These fibers are ideal for use as water-absorbent mats because of their inherent ability to absorb moisture and prevent water from pooling on the interior floor. To further prevent moisture from reaching the interior floors, carpet mats have a lip along the perimeter of the mat to keep moisture on the mat to prevent it from spilling out on to the floor. These polypropylene fibers also help trap excess dirt and debris the outdoor rubber entrance mat may have missed further reducing hazards on the floor. Additionally, rubber-backed carpet mats can also help reduce the chance of slip and fall accidents by providing a non-slip backside to ensure the mat stays in place when in use.
Where Should Carpeted Floor Mats be Placed?
Carpet floor mats should only be placed indoors and are best used as indoor entrance rugs due to their water absorbing abilities. They are not outdoor friendly mats and should not be placed outside because weather conditions can be unpredictable, and precipitation will render these water-absorbent mats obsolete. Despite these environmental setbacks, carpet matting can be placed in locations ranging from residential to commercial settings due to the durability of the polypropylene fibers and of the rubber backing. For instance, carpet matting that are made-to-size are ideally placed at residential entrances since these areas do not require a large entrance mat; however, carpet matting rolls that may be customized to specific lengths up to 60 feet are also available to cover those larger commercial entrances.
1. What is the Purpose of Indoor Entrance Rugs?
The purpose of indoor entrance rugs is to absorb excess moisture, trap dirt and debris and provide an anti-slip surface to enhance the safety of the interior floor of an entrance. Rubber entrance mats do an excellent job of providing slip-resistance to the exterior side of an entrance but, indoor entrance rugs have the unique responsibility of trapping excess moisture and creating a safe and non-slip interior surface. Furthermore, the fibers are able to trap excess dirt and debris as well for added safety. Additionally, rubber-backed carpet mats prevent slipping due to their rubber backside that allows it to effectively grip onto the floor below.
1(a). Absorbs Excess Moisture
Carpet matting function as excellent water-absorbent mats that prevents excess moisture from pooling on the interior side of the entrance. Water left on the surface of the interior floor can lead to dangerous slip and fall accidents. The polypropylene carpet fibers effectively absorb any excess moisture left on your shoes when walking across its surface and traps it within the lip that runs along the perimeter to prevent hazardous moisture from reaching the interior floor. They are also fast drying so they are able to absorb more moisture without the carpet fibers being soaked all the way through because “the fiber naturally wicks moisture, moving it toward the tip of each strand” (howstuffworks.om). This feature of polypropylene fiber also assists in resisting the growth of potentially harmful organic byproducts due to the absorption of excessive moisture. These qualities of polypropylene fiber make it the ideal water-absorbent mats to guard against hazardous slips and falls caused by pools of water that form on the interior floors.
1(b). Traps Dirt and Debris
Carpeted flooring mats also increase safety by keeping the floors near the entrance clean and free of dirt or debris. Carpet matting traps dirt and debris within its polypropylene fibers preventing it from littering the interior floors around the entrance. In addition, the carpet surfaces of our rubber-backed carpet mats function as a dirt-scraping safeguard upon entry while the rubber backing keeps its sturdy and in place for you to effectively scrape your shoes. The polypropylene surface of these indoor entrance rugs is able to efficiently reach into the hard-to-reach areas of shoes, such as the lands and grooves of the shoe pattern and flush out dirt particles. Then, the carpet filaments trap dirt and debris within its fibers and keeps it there until the mat can be cleaned to prevent the mess from traveling out on other shoes.
1(c). Provides an Anti-Slip Surface
Rubber-backed carpet mats also provide safety features by offering excellent anti-slip capabilities through both its rubber backing and polypropylene carpet fiber surface. The rubber backing of these carpeted floor mats reduce the chances of the entire mat slipping or shifting due to rubber’s naturally high coefficient of rubber; however, some carpet matting come with vinyl backing instead of rubber. Nevertheless, regardless of whether the backing is made of, rubber or vinyl, the polypropylene carpet fiber surface resists the effects of moisture and offers more traction to wet shoes. In addition to the polypropylene fiber surface of carpet matting, some carpet mats are available with surface patterns that offers enhanced traction by providing raised patterns that act as gripping points for shoes to grab onto. The two-sided traction of this carpet matting means that it can better resist moisture, and thereby offering you and your guests a better sense of safety and security.
How Do You Install Indoor Entrance Rugs?
Indoor entrance rugs should not be installed using adhesives but, rather loose-laid for easy mobility and cleaning. You should not adhere carpet matting because they need to be cleaned frequently with the addition of being seasonal indoor entrance rugs. Carpet matting is generally used in the winter months where when wet weather is prevalent and should not be adhered because it is removed for the warmer months where they will no longer be necessary. Despite the lack of adhesives, you do not have to worry about the mats shifting or slipping when in use because of its rubber backing. Even in the presence of moisture, rubber-backed carpet mats will stay in place and keep its grip on the surface of the floor and provide a sturdy surface to wipe your feet on.
How Do You Clean Indoor Entrance Rugs?
Polypropylene carpet matting can be cleaned with the use of a brush or vacuum due to the durability of its fibers. The durable fibers of polypropylene carpet filaments traps dirt and locks them within its fibers which is why it is important to regularly brush or vacuum your carpet matting. This needs to be done fairly frequently to preserve the effectiveness of the mat. You may also use some water to help rinse off stuck-on messes but, you should never spray it down with a hose. Additionally, constant water on the surface will eventually damage the mats themselves so, to prevent this, it is important to drain pools of moisture trapped by the matting lip and let them dry to prevent any damage. The fibers wick the moisture to its tips allowing for a quick drying process so that the mat can be re-placed and put back to use quickly.
Carpet matting can help reduce the risk of slip and fall accident by keeping your interior floors free of moisture, dirt or debris. Whether they are purchased in standard mat or rolled mat form, these indoor entrance rugs will stand up to debris, moisture, and heavy foot traffic with relative ease. The polypropylene fiber and the rubber materials these indoor entrance rugs are made from also provide added slip-resistance to your interior floors to prevent slip and fall accidents. As an added bonus, these water-absorbent mats can be cleaned by either a brush or vacuum. Allow our carpet matting to protect you, your guests, and your home or business entrance with its unique mix of protective carpet and rubber characteristics.